GEORGE Peterson III, known as "Da Bull" was a bodybuilder from New York.
On October 6, 2021, it was reported that Peterson had passed away.
Who was bodybuilder George Peterson III?
Nicknamed "Da Bull," Peterson was a star in the bodybuilding scene, appearing at numerous shows, including four appearances at the Olympia; three times at Classic Physique, before moving to the 212 Division.
Turning pro in 2016, he has won the Tampa Pro twice (once in Classic, once in 212), and was the 2019 Arnold Classic Physique Champion.
"Da Bull's" latest championship came in 2020 at the Tampa Pro, IFBB Men’s Classic Physique.
What was his cause of death?
His current cause of death is unknown. He was reportedly days away from competing in the Mr Olympia finals, from October 7-10, in Orlando, Florida.
Peterson was in the final stages of preparing to make his fifth straight Olympia appearance.
Retired American bodybuilder Dave Palumbo told RxMuscle that Peterson was found in his Florida hotel room, face down, after his coach could not reach him.
The outlet also claims that the 37-year-old had blood around his nose, which Palumbo suggested could be related to an aneurysm – a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall.
Olympia LLC released a statement on his death, saying “It is with great sadness that we report the unexpected passing of George Peterson, a champion on stage and off.”
“Our condolences go out to his family and all who respected and admired one of the kindest men we have ever known.”
He was just 37-years-old at the time of his passing.
What did people say about his death?
Fans and peers of Peterson's took to social media to express their condolences over Peterson's passing.
“Our entire team at the Arnold Sports Festival is profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of professional bodybuilder George Peterson. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow competitors during this incredibly difficult time,” wrote the Arnold Sports Festival.
“I’m in shock George was an absolute legend. I was always grateful to share the stage with such a great man," said Chris Bumstead, Classic Physique Olympia Champion.
“Absolutely in shock by this. Such a great guy gone too soon. My prayers go out to his close friends and family during this rough time. We’ll miss ya champ!” penned 212 Olympia Champion Shaun Clarida.
Fit Rockstar show host Isabelle Turell posted: “I’m in shock over this heartbreaking news. George was such a sweetheart. My heart goes out to his family, friends and fans. He will truly be missed."
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